Languages of Security in the Asia-Pacific

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Malaysian – Introduction

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, Malaysian

by Syed Khairudin Aljunied That the devastating attacks upon the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001 forced a rethinking of security issues – particularly in the need to respond to terrorism and other asymmetric challenges – is by now a truism. An array of concepts, terminologies and diagnostic categories have been invented to elucidate, […]

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Malaysian – Keselamatan

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Malaysian, Security

Keselamatan Relates to security Keselamatan is a focus word that governs much of the discourse on security in contemporary Malaysia. Derived from the root word selamat, which refers to the condition of being safe and at peace, it implies a situation of tranquility in all areas of life – covering matters as diverse as ethical […]

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Malaysian – Keamanan

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Malaysian, Security

Keamanan Relates to security, peace Keamanan is a term that has been used closely with keselamatan to describe ‘security’.  The root word aman, like the word selamat, refers to more than a mere absence of warfare or violence. It suggests an atmosphere of peace and stability that can be experienced by individuals as well as […]

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Malaysian – Kestabilan

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Malaysian, Stability

Kestabilan Relates to stability It is apparent that the root word stabil has been adapted from the English ‘stable’, and both imply the state of being firmly established. It is the heavy and persistent emphasis placed on kestabilan in Malaysia – including the centrality it is given in political discourse – that really distinguishes the […]

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Malaysian – Kebebasan

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Independence, Malaysian

Kebebasan Relates to freedom A discussion of security-related concepts in Malaysia needs to include a consideration of the word kebebasan (freedom). In conjunction with other synonyms and related concepts, such as merdeka (independence), keadilan (justice) and hak asasi (basic rights), kebebasan has been a driving concept within the growing tide of reformism and resistance in […]

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Malaysian – Malay | Muslim

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Community, Malaysian

Malay | Muslim Relates to community Close to 60 percent of Malaysia’s 26 million people are Muslim, while around 20 percent are Buddhist, 10 percent are Christian and 6 percent are Hindu. Historically, Malaysia has been predominantly populated by Malays who began to be converted to Islam from as early as the 13th century. For […]

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Malaysian – Ketuanan Melayu

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Ethnicity, Malaysian

Ketuanan Melayu Relates to ‘Malay supremacy’ as a referent of security To the primacy placed upon the Malay/Muslim concept must be added the notion of ketuanan Melayu (or Malay superiority). An entrenched feature within the Malaysian constitution especially following the riots on 13 May 1969, the term tuan – translated into English as ‘master’ or […]

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Malaysian – Bangsa Malaysia

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Ethnicity, Malaysian

Bangsa Malaysia Relates to referents of security The emphasis given to the concepts of Malay/Muslim and Ketuanan Melayu is a reminder of the extent to which ‘the Malays’ rather than ‘Malaysia’ can be seen as the most important focus of security thinking. But this does not entail a complete denial of an over-arching national identity, […]

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Malaysian – Orang Asing

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Ethnicity, Malaysian

Orang Asing Relates to colonialists and illegal immigrants, as threats to security Ancaman (threats) is the key word used by all Malaysians to describe threats to life, religion and property. Among the threats to national security – and a critical part of mainstream discourses since the attainment of independence – are those threats presented by […]

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Malaysian – Ajaran Sesat

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Malaysian, Religion

Ajaran Sesat Relates to ‘false teaching’ as a threat Like most predominantly Muslim countries around the world, Malaysia has established state-sponsored Islamic Affairs departments in each of its states. There is also a federal department concerned with Islamic affairs – the Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM). These departments have received large amounts of government funding, […]

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Malaysian – Pengganas | Extremis

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Malaysian, Terrorism; terrorist

Pengganas | Extremis Relates to ‘terrorist’ as a threat The ‘war against terrorism’, as Farish Noor has noted, was an embedded feature of the Malaysian authorities’ discourses even prior to the September 11 attacks.[1] Indeed, the word pengganas (terrorist) was originally used in reference to communists` in Malaya.[2] The attacks on the Twin Towers have, […]

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Malaysian – Ancaman Siber

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Malaysian, Territorial Integrity

Ancaman Siber Relates to ‘cyber threats’ A further perceived threat to Malaysian security is the internet, or what has been conceptualized as ancaman siber or cyber threats. In Malaysia, the Internet is viewed by ultra-nationalists in Malay society as lèse majesté and relates to internal stability issues, rather than an external threat, such as Stuxnet. […]

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